Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Top 10 Book Covers that Inspired a Purchase

Question:  Top 10 book covers that inspired a purchase.

Answer: Confession: we like to buy books.  While at our core we are bibliophiles, the Two Bibliomaniacs are also, well, bibliomaniacs.  For this reason, our personal library is splattered with books that were purchased for no other reason than their glorious art work.  If only we could figure out a way to increase our book buying funds...

  1. The Hobbit (J.R.R Tolkien) – We did splurge a bit on this one, but can you blame us!
  2. The Thirteenth Tale (Diane Setterfield) – We knew nothing about this book except the awesome display of books on the cover.  It turned out to be one of our favorites of all time. 
  3. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) – Love the artwork, love the story.
  4. Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury) – We’ve loved this novel for a while and when this edition appeared at Half Priced Books we couldn’t resist.
  5. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) – Even though the original first edition is better, we’re still fond of our edition.
  6. The Wooden Sea (Jonathan Carroll) – Haven’t read this one yet, but the cover was too good to pass up on the bargain shelf.
  7. The Regulators (Stephen King) – Many, many years ago this book was sitting at the discount table at Borders.  The cover art was way too intriguing to pass up, and the story turned out to be really good.
  8. Danny and the Champion of the World (Roald Dahl) – You can pretty much throw any Dahl book on here that was illustrated by Quentin Blake.  Unfortunately, we only have 1 hardcover.
  9. The Floating Book (Michelle Lovric) – This book still remains on our TBR list, but at least it looks good waiting.
  10. Auriel Rising (Elizabeth Redfern) – While this book was a bit of a bust, not even an uninspiring plot can take away from a cool cover.
Have a great week and head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to join the fun!


  1. I just read The Thirteenth Tale a couple weeks ago, and I absolutely loved it! I really liked the writing, the plot, the Jane Eyre references... everything, really. It's one of my favorites of all time as well.

  2. Love that cover of The Hobbit. And isn't The Thirteenth Tale great? It's also sitting pretty on my shelves :)

    What a fantastically eclectic list!

  3. Some lovely covers, a couple of people have chosen The Thirteenth Tale I really want to read that now. New follower :D

    My list is here http://passionfornovels.blogspot.com/

  4. Good point about art work. For some reason, when I made my list, I put on lots of books which I read from the library because I liked the cover, but skipped my set of illustrated Dark Tower novels. ;)

    Top Ten Tuesday: Books I read because of the Cover or Title

  5. I almost put The Thirteenth Tale on my list (and just recently picked it up). How can you not like that cover?

  6. I have never seen that particular book cover for Something Wicked This Way Comes. I love it!

    Here is my top ten book covers/titles ...

  7. Oh I saw that THirteenth Tale and I really wanted to get it because of the gorgeous cover! I do gravitate to nice covers. :)

  8. That is a very nice Hobbit cover. I don't think I've seen that one.

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